The federal agency that truckers associate with enforcing
hours-of-service rules and other safety issues plans to get into the business
of reducing highway congestion as well.
In a draft statement published online, John Hill, the new
director of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said FMCSA will no
longer be a "single issue" agency.
Hill said that by encouraging states to use high-tech
equipment to check truck safety and drivers' credentials, the agency can reduce
the amount of time trucks spend at weigh stations and at roadside inspections, thus
reducing congestion around those areas.